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mo·ri·on 1

A crested metal helmet with a curved peak in front and back, worn by European soldiers in the 1500s and 1600s.

[French, from Spanish morrión, from morro, snout, thick lip, rounded end of an object, probably from Vulgar Latin *murrum, snout, of imitative origin.]

mo·ri·on 2

A black or blackish-brown form of smoky quartz.

[French, from a postclassical Latin misreading of Latin mormorion, a kind of dark precious stone, perhaps from an unattested Greek word of unknown origin.]
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(Arms & Armour (excluding Firearms)) a 16th-century helmet with a brim and wide comb
[C16: via Old French from Spanish morrión, perhaps from morra crown of the head]


(Minerals) a smoky brown, grey, or blackish variety of quartz, used as a gemstone
[C18: via French from Latin mōrion, a misreading of mormorion]
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(ˈmɔr iˌɒn, ˈmoʊr-)

a helmet having a flat or turned-down brim and a crest from front to back.
[1555–65; < Middle French < Sp morrión=morr(o) top of head + -ión n. suffix]


(ˈmɔr iˌɒn, ˈmoʊr-)

a variety of smoky quartz of a dark brown or nearly black color.
[1740–50; (< French) < Latin mōrion, misreading of mormorion (Pliny) a kind of precious stone]
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Noun1.morion - a metal helmet worn by common soldiers in the 16th centurymorion - a metal helmet worn by common soldiers in the 16th century
helmet - armor plate that protects the head
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He scoured and polished it as best he could, but he perceived one great defect in it, that it had no closed helmet, nothing but a simple morion. This deficiency, however, his ingenuity supplied, for he contrived a kind of half-helmet of pasteboard which, fitted on to the morion, looked like a whole one.
So then, his armour being furbished, his morion turned into a helmet, his hack christened, and he himself confirmed, he came to the conclusion that nothing more was needed now but to look out for a lady to be in love with; for a knight-errant without love was like a tree without leaves or fruit, or a body without a soul.
There was an exchange of bugle blasts; then a parley from the walls, where men-at-arms, in hauberk and morion, marched back and forth with halberd at shoulder under flapping banners with the rude figure of a dragon displayed upon them; and then the great gates were flung open, the drawbridge was lowered, and the head of the cavalcade swept forward under the frowning arches; and we, following, soon found ourselves in a great paved court, with towers and turrets stretching up into the blue air on all the four sides; and all about us the dismount was going on, and much greeting and ceremony, and running to and fro, and a gay display of moving and intermingling colors, and an altogether pleasant stir and noise and confusion.
Add to this the pleasure of displaying himself in rides about the city, and of making his fine military costume, which you may still admire sculptured on his tomb in the abbey of Valmont in Normandy, and his morion, all embossed at Montlhéry, stand out a contrast against the parti-colored red and tawny robes of the aldermen and police.
Still in Mogpog, Morion mask makers are busy carving out the religious masks, a craft passed on through generations.
MIRPURKHAS -- Jhuddo police, acting upon an order of the Sindh High Court, Hyderabad circuit, carried out a raid on a specified place within the farmlands of the Gugh Morion area on Sunday and took 24 men, women and children into protective custody.
28 November 2014 - Russian telecommunications equipment maker Morion OAO (MCX:MORI) has purchased a 75% stake plus one share in Japanese company Kosho Inc, the buyer said in a regulatory filing.
Madrid, (SANA) -- Spanish researcher Cesar Morion on Friday delivered a lecture at the Syrian Arab Cultural Center in the Spanish capital, Madrid, entitled "Simeon Stylites: the Common Saint between the Syrian and Spanish Cultures".Morion said that St.
designed to allow personnel to enter hazardous areas while motion is present." The company says that the device supports numerous input devices such as E-stops, light curtains, enabling switches and interlock switches, which detect demands on the safety system and initiate a stop request of the morion. It also monitors personnel in the hazardous area while the machine is in a safe-speed condition.
Other activities are the 'senakulo,' or the reenactment of the life and Passion of Jesus Christ, morion mask painting activity and film showing.